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TERMS AND NOTICES

TERMS OF USE

Welcome to kswlaw.com (the “Site”). This Site is operated by Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP (“Kissel Straton & Wilmer”, “KSW” or “the Firm”). Please read these Terms of Use carefully before using this Site. By using the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. KSW reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time by posting modified Terms of Use, and your continued use of the Site thereafter will constitute agreement with such modifications. 

 

PRIVACY POLICY

 

KSW possesses Personal Information regarding users of the Site, and is committed to safeguarding the privacy of visitors to the Site. KSW does not sell, provide, or trade its customer list, prospect list, or mailing lists to any person or company other than its affiliates.  For more information, please refer to our Privacy Statement.

 

OFFICES AND ADMISSIONS

 

KSW maintains its office in New York. The jurisdictions in which our lawyers are licensed to practice are indicated in the “Attorneys” section of this website.

 

NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

 

This website contains general information about KSW and is not intended to be a source of legal advice for any purpose. No user of this site should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information included on this site without seeking legal advice of counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.

 

This site is not intended to solicit or create and does not create any attorney-client relationship between KSW and any person or entity. Any email or electronic communication sent to KSW or its attorneys through this site will not be deemed to create an attorney-client relationship or obligation upon KSW. Please do not convey to us any information you regard as confidential until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. No information you disclose will prohibit KSW from representing another client whose interests may be adverse to yours. KSW may use the information you disclose against you. Newsletter recipients and online readers should not rely upon the transmission of an e-mail message to KSW through the Site to create an attorney-client relationship. Internet subscribers and online readers should not act upon any information in the Site without first consulting legal counsel of their own directly. 

 

KSW does not guarantee the confidentiality of electronic mail or other communications through the site to KSW or any of its lawyers.

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

 

KSW does not endorse, and is not responsible for, any third-party content that may be accessed through this website.

 

COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK

 

The contents of this site are protected by copyright and may be downloaded only for personal use. Any other use, republication, retransmission, or reproduction is strictly prohibited.

 

Should you believe that any photograph, reprint or other content of this website infringes a third party's copyright or trademark, or should be taken down, please contact Georgia Stasinos, our Executive and Administrative Director. 

 

Tradenames, trademarks and service marks of KSW include, without limitation, Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP and the KSW logo, all of which are owned by KSW and may not be used by you in connection with any product or service.

COOKIES

 

Our Cookies Policy describes the different types of cookies and similar technologies that are used on the Site. We may change this Policy at any time. Please look at the “LAST REVISED” legend at the top of this page to see when this Policy was last revised. Any changes in this Policy will become effective when we make the revised Policy available on or through the Site. 

 

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

 

When visiting this Site, you agree not to:
 

  • use the Site in any manner designed to hinder the proper operation or performance of the Site, including, without limitation, the following: hacking, encouraging hacking, introducing viruses or malware, disrupting the functionalities of the Site, and launching Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks against the Site;
     

  • collect or use Personal Information available on the Site for the purpose of sending unsolicited communications;
     

  • breach applicable laws and regulations, including, without limitation, undermining the respect of data privacy or human dignity and inciting violence or discrimination;
     

  • attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site or KSW’s servers and network.
     

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The content on this website is provided “as is.” We do not represent that the content will be error-free, timely, free of viruses or other harmful elements, or that defects will be corrected. Neither Kissel Straton & Wilmer nor any of its affiliates, partners or employees, makes any representations, express or implied, with respect to the timeliness, accuracy or completeness of any of the contents of the Site, and expressly disclaim any liability or warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Kissel Straton & Wilmer expressly disclaims any liability for any action, or failure to take action, in reliance on any of the contents of the Site. Your sole remedy for any dissatisfaction with any of the Contents is to refrain from using the Site.

COOKIES

BACKGROUND

 

This cookie notice (the “Cookie Notice”) describes the cookies and other technologies that Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP (“Kissel Straton & Wilmer,” “KSW,” or “we”, “us” or “our”) uses through its website (the “Site”), how we use them, and how you can control and manage them. For the purpose of this Cookie Notice, KSW is the controller.

 

For further information on KSW or to learn more about how we process your personal data, as well as to contact us, please refer to our Privacy Statement

 

WHAT ARE COOKIES?

 

Cookies are small data files that are downloaded onto your device by the website or app you are visiting. The next time you visit the same website or app, cookies ensure that your device is recognized. By using cookies and similar technologies (“cookies”), websites can save information about visits and its visitors. Such information may include your IP address, the device you use and click behavior, such as the specific web pages you visit and how you navigate the website.

 

WHAT TYPE OF COOKIES DO WE USE AND HOW DO WE USE THEM?

 

Subject to your consent, where applicable, we may use both session cookies, which expire once you close your web browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your computer or mobile device until you delete them. We place some of the cookies ourselves (“first-party cookies”), while other cookies are placed by third parties (“third-party cookies”). This means that when you use our Site, third parties will also collect information from your browser and your devices (see the table below for further information).

 

Our Site uses the following types of cookies for the purposes set out below:

  • Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential for our Site to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling in forms. Without these cookies, our Site will not operate properly.

  • Analytics Cookies: These cookies are used to collect information on how you use our Site, including information about the pages you visited, how long you visited and if you experienced any errors. We use this information to help us improve the quality of our Site and monitor the level of activity on our Site. They may be set by third parties whose services have been added to our pages as further described below.

  • Functional Cookies: These cookies are cookies that help enhance a website’s performance and functionality, and which you may opt-out of.  They allow websites to remember the user’s Site preferences and choices they make on the Site, and allows the website to provide personalized features. They are anonymous and do not track browsing activity across other websites. 

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DISABLING COOKIES AND MANAGE COOKIE PREFERENCES

 

In addition to your ability to refuse all non-essential cookies through the cookie banner available on our Site, you can generally manage your cookies preferences and block, limit, or delete cookies via your browser settings. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “settings,” “help,” “tools,” or “edit” facility). Alternatively, the following links provide instructions to manage your cookies preferences:

PRIVACY STATEMENT

Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP (“Kissel Straton & Wilmer,” “KSW” or the “Firm”) wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose information. This Privacy Statement describes our practices in connection with information that we collect online and offline:

 

  • Through our websites (“Websites”);

  • Through social media properties (“Our Social Media”) from which you are accessing this Privacy Policy;

  • Through HTML-formatted email messages that we send to you that link to this Privacy Policy (“Emails”);

  • Through SharePoint sites made available to our clients and third parties (“SharePoint Sites”);

  • Through services we provide to our corporate and institutional clients (“Client Services”); and

Through any other offline business interactions you may have with us (“Offline Interactions).

COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Collectively, we refer to the Websites, Our Social Media, Emails, SharePoint Sites, Client Services and Offline Interactions as the “Services.”

 

“Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual, including:

 

  • Name;

  • Postal address (including personal, business, billing and shipping addresses);

  • Telephone number;

  • Email address (personal and business); and

  • Job title and employer.

 

We and our service providers collect Personal Information in a variety of ways, including:

 

Through the Services

 

We collect Personal Information through the Services, for example, when you sign up for a newsletter, request Services, register for a seminar, use Services that can be accessed only by authenticated users who have logged in, participate in a contractual arrangement for Client Services, provide information in conjunction with our Client Services, or when you interact with us at an event, call our reception desk or otherwise visit one of our offices.

 

From Other Sources

 

We receive your Personal Information from other sources, for example:

 

  • publicly available databases;

  • joint marketing partners and event sponsors, when they share the information with us;

  • partner Client Services organizations (such as Pro Bono groups and nonprofits);

  • entities to which we provide Client Services, which may include your employer; or

  • social media platforms.

 

We need to collect Personal Information in order to provide the requested Services to you. If you do not provide the information requested, we may not be able to provide the Services. If you disclose any Personal Information relating to other people to us or to our service providers in connection with the Services, you represent that you have the authority to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

To Provide Legal Services

 

KSW processes Personal Information to perform a contract with you or to take precontractual steps at your request in order to:

  • provide you with our legal services;

  • manage our relationship with you and carry out any related administration; and

  • send you communications related to our legal services.

In addition, KSW processes Personal Information based on its legitimate interests, which consist of:

  • providing our legal services to our clients, including to the company for which you are working, and managing our relationship with such clients;

  • complying with non-EEA or non-UK laws, as relevant, responding to requests from, and other communications with, competent public, governmental, judicial or other regulatory authorities and responding to valid legal process, investigating or participating in civil discovery, litigation, or other legal proceedings;

  • meeting our corporate and social responsibility commitments; and

  • protecting or defending your rights, property or security or ours.

If you wish to obtain further details regarding our legitimate interests, please contact us by sending a request using the contact details specified at the end of this Privacy Statement.

 

Finally, KSW processes Personal Information to comply with the legal obligations to which it is subject, including anti-money laundering or anti-bribery checks.

 

To provide you with online services and improve our Site

 

KSW processes Personal Information for the performance of the contract with you in order to provide you with our services through our Site.

 

We process Personal Information to store cookies on your device(s) upon your consent where required, as described in our Cookie Notice .

 

In addition, KSW processes Personal Information based on its legitimate interests, which consist of complying with non-EEA or non-UK laws, as relevant; responding to requests from, and other communications with, competent public, governmental, judicial or other regulatory authorities and responding to valid legal process, investigating or participating in civil discovery, litigation, or other legal proceedings; as well as protecting or defending your rights, property or security or ours, including by investigating potential violations of or enforcing our terms of use. If you wish to obtain further details regarding our legitimate interests, please contact us by sending a request using the contact details specified at the end of this Privacy Statement.

 

To respond to your inquiry, to inform you about our services and events, and to send you our newsletters

 

KSW processes Personal Information based on its legitimate interests, which consist of responding to your inquiries, including those sent to the contact details provided on the contact page of the Site and, where consent is not required, sending you marketing communications regarding our services and events.

 

In addition, users who have consented may receive our newsletters (client alerts, invitations to webcasts and events, or other materials or activities). Individuals may opt out of receiving such direct marketing communications at any time by clicking on the opt-out link included in the marketing communications or sending a request using the contact details specified at the end of this Privacy Statement.

 

To evaluate and process your application for employment with the Firm

 

KSW processes Personal Information in order to take precontractual steps at your request for processing your application for employment at KSW, including to evaluate your candidacy.

 

To comply with applicable legal obligations

 

KSW also processes Personal Information in order to comply with applicable legal obligations to which it is subject, including employment law.

 

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

For the purposes referred to under this Privacy Statement, we may need to share certain Personal Information with certain recipients. Such recipients will either act as another independent controller or as a processor acting on our behalf and upon our instructions.

 

We do not sell, or share for cross-context behavioral or targeted advertising purposes, as defined by certain laws, your Personal Information to any third party. We may disclose your Personal Information in the following limited circumstances:

  • Authorized Third Parties and Service Providers: We may disclose your Personal Information to processors that provide us with the services necessary for the achievement of the purposes described above, i.e. our third-party services providers that provide various types of services, including IT services and companies that provide web analytics, advertising, email distribution, and other services. These third parties are only permitted to use your Personal Information to the extent necessary to enable them to provide their services to us. They are required to follow our instructions and to comply with appropriate security measures to protect your Personal Information.

  • Other Parties When Required by Law or as Necessary: We may disclose your Personal Information to other entities acting as independent controllers, which may be legal or government authorities or third parties in connection with claims, disputes, litigation or investigations where we reasonably believe that disclosure is required by law or pursuant to legal process, or is necessary to establish, exercise or defend legal claims, including to protect or defend your rights, property or security or ours.

  • Other Parties With Your Consent: There may be instances where we disclose your Personal Information to other authorized third parties when you expressly consent to such sharing.

  • Other Parties In Connection With a Transfer of Assets: If we make a sale or transfer of assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or transfer, we may transfer your information to one or more third parties as part of that transaction in a manner consistent with this Privacy Statement.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

KSW is a U.S. based law firm, with clients and affiliates located throughout the world. As we are based in the United States, your Personal Information needs to be transferred to the Unites States for the purposes referred to under this Privacy Statement.

 

In addition, when we share your Personal Information with the entities mentioned above, it may imply transfers of your Personal Information overseas, which may include transfers to countries outside of the EEA or the UK whose laws provide levels of protection for Personal Information that are not always equivalent to the level of protection that may be provided in your own country.

 

KSW has procedures in place to ensure that Personal Information is transferred, processed, and stored with appropriate safeguards and in accordance with applicable laws. Such appropriate safeguards may include standard contractual clauses issued by the European Commission (as amended by the UK Addendum issued by the UK Information Commissioner, where relevant) and we will provide you with details on the applicable safeguards and transfers upon request, to the contact details specified at the end of this Privacy Statement.

 

SECURITY PROCEDURES

 

KSW maintains appropriate technical and organizational security procedures in order to protect your Personal Information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration, in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws.

 

In addition to such measures, KSW maintains confidentiality policies that govern all information that any attorney or other personnel of KSW receives in the course of their employment or association with KSW. All attorneys and personnel are made aware of these policies and KSW has in place procedures to train all attorneys and personnel to implement these policies. Despite our efforts, we cannot guarantee that Personal Information may not be accessed, disclosed, or altered by breach of our safeguards. You should take adequate precautions to protect your Personal Information.

 

RETENTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

General Principles

 

KSW will retain your Personal Information for no longer than is necessary for the purposes identified under this Privacy Statement, and as permitted by applicable law.

 

Please note that the data retention period actually applied by KSW may vary, depending on the relevant purpose as described hereinafter. In any event, KSW may keep your Personal Information for a longer time as those described below as part of its legal obligations. In such case, we will keep your Personal Information for the duration of such legal obligations.

 

On the expiration of the applicable data retention periods, KSW will delete or anonymize the relevant Personal Information.

 

For Legal Services

 

KSW will keep your Personal Information for the whole duration of our legal services, extended by the applicable limitation period or as long as may be required by applicable statutory or professional retention obligations.

 

For Online Services and our Site Improvements

 

With respect to the services provided to you through our Site, KSW will keep your Personal Information during the period of our contractual relationship, extended by the applicable statute limitation period.

 

For responding to your inquiries, informing you about our services and events and sending you our newsletters

 

KSW will keep your Personal Information for communication purposes until you withdraw your consent or, if you are in the EEA or the UK, for three (3) years after the last contact with you.

 

For your Recruitment and Employment

 

For the applicants who are hired, KSW will keep your Personal Information in accordance with the employee notice applicable to you.

 

If you are in the EEA or the UK, if you do not receive an employment offer, KSW will ask you if you want us to keep your information in order to give you the opportunity to apply for future positions. If you are a U.S. resident, information collected from applicants who do not receive an employment offer will be deleted unless required by applicable law, or unless the prospective employee has requested that KSW keep their application on file for consideration for future positions.

 

YOUR UNITED STATES PRIVACY RIGHTS

 

Depending on the jurisdiction in which you live, you may have the following rights subject to the exceptions allowed by law, including under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (“CPRA”), the Colorado Privacy Act, the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, the Utah Consumer Privacy Act, and Connecticut’s Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring:

  • Transparency: Businesses that collect Personal Information subject to the above listed laws are required to provide you with notice regarding the categories of Personal Information to be collected, the purposes for which the categories of Personal Information are collected or used, whether that information is sold or shared, and the length of time we intend to retain each category of Personal Information, or if that is not possible, the criteria used to determine that period, among other information.

  • Access / know the categories and specific pieces of Personal Information KSW has collected about you, the categories of sources from which the Personal Information is collected, the business purpose for collecting the Personal Information, and the categories of third parties with whom KSW shares Personal Information.

  • Correct inaccurate or obsolete Personal Information that KSW may maintain.

  • Delete Personal Information under certain circumstances.

  • Not to be discriminated against on the basis of your exercising any of your rights afforded by state law.

  • Limit the use and disclosure of Sensitive Personal Information. KSW does not use your Sensitive Personal Information in any matter that requires the right to limit because KSW only collects, uses, or discloses Sensitive Personal Information as necessary to provide you with good or services, and does not sell or share Sensitive Personal Information.

Opt out of the sale or sharing of Personal Information: KSW does not sell or share your Personal Information, and therefore does not, and is not required to, provide this option.

 

To exercise your rights, please contact us at privacy@kswlaw.com, or call us at 1-888-723-7895.

We will first acknowledge receipt of your request within 10 business days and then provide a substantive response within 45 calendar days after its receipt. If we require more time (up to 90 days or the permitted timeframe), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. If you are a Virginia, Colorado, or Connecticut resident and we deny your request, you may appeal our decision by emailing your request to privacy@kswlaw.com or calling us at 1-888-723-7895. Within 45 calendar days of receipt of an appeal, we will inform you in writing of any action taken or not taken in response to the appeal, including a written explanation of the reasons for the decision.

Only you or your authorized agent may make a verifiable consumer request related to your Personal Information. To respond to your requests, we must verify your identity.

  • How to Authorize an Agent: You may designate an authorized agent to submit your verified consumer request on your behalf, but only if the authorized agent has your written permission to do so and you have taken steps to verify your identity directly with us.

  • How We Verify Your Request: We will only use the Personal Information provided in the context of your request to verify your identity or the authority of your authorized agent to make the request. Depending on how you interact with us, we may require that you provide at least two pieces of Personal Information, such as your name, email address, client number, or other information that we already have in our possession. We will verify your request by comparing the information you provide to information already in our possession to minimize the risk of fraud.

YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE GDPR/ UK GDPR

If you are in the EEA or the UK, you have various rights in relation to the processing of your Personal Information, depending on the relevant situation. These include the following rights:

  • Right of Access: right to request confirmation as to whether or not your Personal Information is being processed by KSW and, if so, the right to receive a copy of it;

  • Right to rectification: right to request the rectification of your Personal Information if you find that it is inaccurate and the right to have incomplete personal data completed;

  • Right to erasure: right to request the erasure or deletion of your Personal Information depending on the circumstances. For example, this right does not apply if the processing is necessary to establish, exercise, or defend legal claims;

  • Right to restriction: right to request the restriction of processing of your Personal Information;

  • Right to data portability: for processing carried out by automated means, right to request a copy of your Personal Information provided to us, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format;

  • Right to object: right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of your Personal Information. For example, you can object at any time to the processing of your Personal Information for direct marketing communications.

In order to exercise any of your rights, or if you have any other questions about our use of your Personal Information, including if you wish to obtain further details regarding our legitimate interests, please send a request using the contact details specified at the end of this Privacy Statement. Please note that we may ask you to provide us with additional information in order to verify your identity.

 

In any case, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority, in particular in the country of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of an alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of your Personal Information carried out by us infringes any applicable privacy laws.

 

THIRD PARTY LINKS

 

The Site may contain hyperlinks to websites of third parties. This Privacy Statement does not apply to such third-party content or websites. If individuals decide to follow such links, please be aware that KSW does not take any responsibility for the third-party content or compliance of the third-party website with data privacy laws. Individuals are encouraged to make themselves aware of applicable privacy policies before they submit Personal Information to third-party websites.

 

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

 

KSW does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose Personal Information from children. If KSW is made aware that it has collected Personal Information from a child in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable laws, KSW will delete this information as soon as possible.

 

We do not sell or share the Personal Information of any individuals and, therefore, necessarily do not sell or share the information of children of any age.

 

USE OF COOKIES

 

KSW uses “cookies” (small data files) on the Site. For detailed information about “cookies” and how they are used on the Site, please refer to the Cookie Notice

 

REVISIONS TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT

 

KSW reserves the right to change or update this Privacy Statement at any time. The applicable version of this Privacy Statement is available on the Site. If such change to the Privacy Statement requires your consent, you will have a choice to consent as to whether or not KSW may use your Personal Information in the revised manner.

 

CONTACT

 

For any requests, questions or comments about this Privacy Statement or the collection, processing, or storage of your Personal Information by KSW, please contact us via e-mail at: privacy@kswlaw.com.

 

or in writing to:

 

Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP
Attn.: Office of the General Counsel
580 White Plains Road, 5th Floor

Tarrytown, NY 10591
United States of America

ATTORNEY ADVERTISING

Kissel Straton & Wilmer LLP (“Kissel Straton & Wilmer,” “KSW” or the “Firm”) is a law firm based in New York.

 

This website may be considered attorney advertising under the rules of some states. The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Please note that facts and circumstances may vary, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

 

The materials in Kissel Straton & Wilmer’s website were prepared for general informational purposes only based on information available at the time of publication and are not intended as, do not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, legal advice or a legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.  Kissel Straton & Wilmer (and its affiliates, attorneys, and employees) shall not have any liability in connection with any use of these materials.  Neither transmission nor receipt of such materials will create an attorney-client relationship between the sender and receiver and should not be relied upon as an alternative for advice from qualified counsel. Internet subscribers and online readers are advised not to take, or refrain from taking, any action based upon materials in this website without consulting qualified legal counsel.

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